My first footwear, expensive light weight trail running shoes, almost crippled me after only 4 days of walking. Above are the replacements, the cheapest Nike trainers from Fred Myers, an American supermarket chain, at $48. They saved my feet from further torture and are fantastically comfortable!
Our stove also failed and we had two days of cold rehydrated food. Luckily we managed to get a cheap replacement gas burner and cylinder at the store in Shelter Cove. And guess what? They’re simpler, lighter and easier to use than my ‘state of the art’ camping stove which we’ll post out, off the trail, tomorrow.
The Stats so far are as follows:
- Walked 225 miles
- Seen 9 deer
- Forded 2 rivers
- Passed 540 other hikers of which:
- 12 had dogs
- 8 were on horses
- 1 was barefoot
- 2 were wearing kilts
- 6 were playing music from speakers
- 42 were listening to headphones
- 14 were heading southbound
Still in room 7 but loving the town of Sisters as we take time to sort my feet and the route south to dodge the fires and trail closures around Crater Lake. We have a new route planned via Miller Lake to Chemult and a Amtrak train to Klamath Falls and taxi back to the trail head. It’s complicated. A logistical challenge which for now looks good and avoids 24 miles of highway walking in what is described as ‘the high desert’. But until then, the 17 August, we have 9 days of hiking. Back to the trail head at Santiam Pass early tomorrow morning. We’re looking forward to stretching those legs!
We pack today for our 60 day hike from the top of Oregon to Central California. We carry much less gear than before with only two changes of basic clothing and lighter sleeping bags and camping gear.
No doubt we’ll earn the usual name for PCT hikers as ‘Trail Trash’ whilst attempting to walk the 1,250 miles from Cascade Locks to Mammoth Lakes during August and September.
We’ll spend the next week or so in LA packing food resupply boxes that we’ll have posted out to ourselves along the trail. A logistical nightmare which we’ll spend most of tomorrow’s flight resolving along with a ‘dehydrated’ menu. Delicious!